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MLD to reduce bruising and swelling after cosmetic surgery

05 Jan 2012 MLD to reduce bruising and swelling after cosmetic surgery

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So you’ve had cosmetic surgery, Vaser lipo etc. You can’t wait to reveal the new you. But your stomach (thighs, etc. – insert as appropriate) is still swollen and a little bruised. Because of the swelling, you might not yet see the difference. And perhaps you’re still a little sore. If you’ve had a surgical facelift, your face might feel vulnerable while still bruised and swollen. This is where we can help: with Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)!

MLD is a safe and gentle treatment, regularly prescribed by Harley Street surgeons to improve healing and reduce recovery time after cosmetic surgery. To learn more about it, read our article Did you know about MLD? It will help reduce bruising and swelling, and its analgesic effect can soothe remaining soreness. It can be beneficial after any surgery, but is better known in the context of plastic surgery, since this is when people are keen to see the outcome as soon as possible.

To help that swelling go down and the bruising to disappear, as well as keep temporary irregularities and lumpiness to a minimum, book your course of MLD sessions. And, of course, if your surgeon has prescribed a compression garment, it is essential that you wear it as advised. This often means that you only remove it for your MLD session. We might give you further homecare advice, such as recommendations for keeping well hydrated, and demonstrate some gentle massage for certain areas and breathing exercises (see our article Deep breathing for lymphatic drainage).

It can be beneficial to book MLD treatment before your procedure, to prepare your lymphatic system, although its deeply relaxing effect is not to be ignored either – you will go into surgery calmer. So if you can plan in advance, call or email ahead of time to discuss your options. After your procedure, we might be able to see you on the same day or as soon as you’re comfortable to have treatment, and then daily for a number of days. Our clients have often found our MLD packages suitable for post-lipo recovery.

Look and feel good – give us a call to book your treatment.


Listen to Astrid Lowe talk about MLD on Brooklands Radio’s Mind Body & Spirit show on 11 November 2011.

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